Posts in "Android"

BankBot & Friends: Phishing Mobile Customers Like You Soon

Back in April of 2017, researchers discovered a new form of Android-targeting malware using fake overlay screens to mimic existing banking apps and steal user credentials. Distributed as benign apps in Google Play, BankBot-infected apps were posing as 20 entertainment and mobile banking apps. This first version of BankBot targeted a small number of institutions. In October … Read More

Clicking Bot Applications

Cyber crime, like any crime, has its motives; each malware has its own malicious profit. Spyware spies on you. Ransomware demands a ransom to decrypt your private digital data. Phishing Malware phishes for your username, password or account numbers. Installation-fraud achieves fake software installations. Ad fraud fraudulently represents online advertisement impressions, clicks, conversion or data … Read More

Validating Machine Learning Detection of Mobile Malware with Zimperium’s z9

Zimperium’s core machine learning engine, z9, has a proven track record of detecting zero-day exploits. We recently announced an extension of the framework that detects previously unknown mobile malware. This extension is known as “z9 for Mobile Malware”, and was officially announced in September 2017. Internally, the code name has been “Cogito”, so this research … Read More

Fake Snapchat in Google Play Store

Zimperium discovered and reported a fake version of the popular Snapchat app in the official Google Play Store; At the time of our discovery, it was the second result when searching for “Snapchat”. The fake version of Snapchat app is using “Snap Inc .” as Company Name, with a  ” .” appended to original name. … Read More

ZPI: One approach to rule them all

In 1975, a book was published that changed the way we approach complex problems. Inspired on how nature works “Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems” set the bases of genetic algorithms. The release date of this blogpost is strongly linked to that book, it is a symbolic tribute to its author, John Henry Holland, who … Read More